The billionaire head of South Korea’s Samsung Group, Jay Y. Lee, is jailed for five years for bribery after a six-month trial over a scandal that brought down the president. Grace Lee reports.
Crimes from bribery to perjury have landed the scion of Samsung a five year stint behind bars in the latest chapter of South Korea's sweeping national scandal. Group leader Jay Y. Lee was found guilty of a string of charges in a Seoul court on Friday (Aug 25) for his role in a case that's already seen ex-president Park Geun-hye impeached. Prosecutors say Lee gave bribes of nearly 40 million dollars for political favors. Lawyers have confirmed they will appeal the ruling, but the court is not expected to grant bail, meaning Lee is now back in the Seoul detention centre where he's been since February. The widely held opinion is that the outcome of Lee's verdict would be an indication of what will happen to former leader Park Geun-hye, who faces more than 10 years in a prison cell.